Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Penny Facials: The Baking Soda Facial

This post is part of my ongoing series Penny Facials:  Recipes For Your Face.  

Next up in my Penny Facials series is the Baking Soda Facial.  Of course, Pinterest is where I found this method and it proves once again that Pinterest has the answer to all of life's questions.  It's also a black-hole vortex were all time is lost but I just can't quit it.  

The Baking Soda Facial naturally exfoliates the skin as well as helps to restore the skin's natural pH balance.  In this particular recipe, we're only using water and baking soda so it's relatively harmless, though I would recommend testing a patch of skin first if you tend to have sensitive skin.  Different versions of this facial include acidic ingredients (like lemon or orange juice) but I'll cover that in another post.  

Similar to the Honey Aspirin facial, the Baking Soda facial really makes my skin glow.  I think of it almost like a skin polish.  It's gritty and scrubb-y but it leaves skin super smooth and glowing.  I generally do this once a week but I'd estimate that even 3-4 times a week would be ok, making sure to follow up the treatment with a moisturizer.  

Let's get started!

Baking Soda Facial

1.  Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda to a small bowl.  

2.  Add 1/2 teaspoon of water to the baking soda.  This should form a cohesive paste but if the mixture seems dry, add a pinch more water.  You're looking for a consistency that will easily stay on the skin, like a mask.

3.  Apply to the face, avoiding the eye area, working in small circular motions to scrub the face.  Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes.  The mixture will become dry after a few minutes and can easily flake off so try to avoid any exaggerated facial movements (<< not even sure what that would entail).  

4.  Rinse thoroughly with warm warm and moisturize.  

I obviously use this as a facial but you could easily adapt this as a full body scrub.  The above recipe is really only enough to cover the face but the ratio is 3 parts baking soda, 1 part water so adjust the quantities as necessary.  And being that a box of baking soda is 75 cents, it's super cost effective to do often.  

It's one of my faves and I hope you give it a go!           

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